October 2014




This month the Health Promotions team from Salt Lake County Active Aging will present two important seminars at the Center:

Oct 8, Taking Medications Safely:

A recent survey showed 40% of Medicare recipients take 5 or more prescription medicines, which greatly increases the risk of drug interactions. This seminar will cover the do’s and don’ts of using medicines safely. 

Oct 27, Preventive Care: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth. . . .

Seniors are at greater risk for Falls, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer and Lung Disease.  This seminar will present strategies that help you prevent, delay or mitigate the negative effects of aging. 

Special Events This Month:


 Senior Center Accreditation On-Site Peer Review October 14th!

On Tuesday, October 14th, Sandy Senior Center will welcome Hella Spellman from Tallahassee (Florida) Senior Services. 

Hella  will conduct an on-site peer review, the final process in the Center’s accreditation assessment. 

During the course of the day, Hella will tour the center and meet with staff, advisory & accreditation committee members, community partners, key volunteers and participants.

Our house band, “Easy”, will perform from 8:30-10:00AM  as a special treat.  


Meet the Candidates! Friday, October 3rd 10:00am-11:00am in the café.

Election season is fast approaching. There are local, state and national races to be decided this year.  Candidates know that seniors follow the issues and that SENIORS VOTE.  Hear firsthand what the folks running for office have to say about important issues affecting seniors.  Each candidate will receive 5 minutes at the podium to ask for your vote.  

AARP Drivers Safety–Wed, Oct 1st @ 10:00am-3pm 101.

Learn safe driving techniques and strategies. Safe Driver Certificate awarded upon completion. $15 for AARP members/$20 for non-members. Sign up and have lunch at the center when you finish the course. 

Computer Seminar: Android,  Kindle Tablets, and Phones-Wed, Oct 1st @ 1:30/207. No open lab.

Learn about the digital resources SL County Library offers. Bring your devices and get help with installing the apps.  Have your questions answered by library employees. Facilitated by the Salt Lake County Library staff.

Are Your Medical Affairs in Order?-Thurs, Oct 2nd @ 10:00am/101.

Advanced Directives forms were revised in 2008, making previous forms obsolete. Health Care Providers prefer patients use the latest form.  Now is a good time to update your Advanced Directive. Also, learn about the difference between a Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) and a Living will document, and which may be best for you.  Facilitated by Karen Kirchhoff, PhD, RN.

Journal Writing Class-Thurs, Oct 2nd @ 1:00pm/107. 

Learn how to write your auto-biography. The course will also cover other benefits of auto-biography, including discovering the emotional healing that can accompany the writing process. Facilitated by professional writer Shelly Ashcroft.

Drug Take - Back Day, Friday October 3, 1:00 pm Lobby

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, bring you old prescriptions to be destroyed properly.

Accepted Items:

  • Prescription medicine
  • Over the counter medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Pet meds
  • Ointments & Lotions
  • Liquid medicines

Medicare, Understanding What It Is-Fri, Oct 3rd @ 10:00am/101.

Learn what Medicare is and what benefits it covers.  Terms such as deductible, copay (hospital, doctor, surgery, prescriptions) and max out of pocket will be explained, as well as what is covered under parts A, B C and D.  Facilitated by Matt Weaver from Humana.

NEW 4 week Fall Prevention Inside and Outside Safety Class. Monday’s October 6, 13, 20, 27th @ 10:00am/101.

Each class will cover a different fall prevention topic using an enjoyable game format, including: Comparing Safety Measures Then and Now, trivia Q & A, and Name that Hazard.  Prizes awarded at each class.  Final class includes a game of Safety Bingo, with a grand prize. Facilitated by Carol Avery, Health Educator for S.L. County.

Taking Medications Safely-Wed Oct 8th @ 10:00am/101.

Are you taking your medications safely? Learn how, when and where to store medications, what drugs do and do not interact well together, and how foods can influence drug efficacy.  Facilitated by Rachel Martinez from Active Aging.

New Sign Language Class– Wed, Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 10:00am/107.

Learn basic signing, including shapes, colors, letters and numbers in this 8 week class. Facilitated by Robin Traveller from the Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Parkinson’s Support Group- Thurs, Oct 9th  @ 2:00pm/101.

Caregivers face host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating and can feel overwhelming.  This is a wonderful class to get the knowledge and support crucial to caregiving.  Facilitated by Barbara Royal.

Current Events-Fri, Oct 10, 24 @ 10:00am/107.

Sandy Police Chief Kevin Thatcher will discuss current issues in law enforcement.  Facilitated by Sally Jo.

Manicures -Fri, Oct 10, 24@ 9:00am/106.

Manicure service provided every other Fridays.  Appointments from 9:00am –12:00pm. Includes nail clippings, a polish and a lotion hand massage. Kimberly Jensen. Donation $8.00.

How to Prevent Winter Time Falls-Fri, Oct 10th @ 10:00am/101.

Winter is fast approaching.  Learn how to prevent wintertime slips and falls.  Conducted by Elaine Baez from Mountain Star Medical.

Celebrate National Angel Food Cake Day-Fri, Oct 10th @ 11:00am/Café.

Celebrate this delightful treat and make your tummy happy.  Enjoy the music of Jimmy Reed.

Emotional Benefits of Pets-Mon, Oct 13th @ 10:30/Café.

Learn the health and emotional benefits gained from having a pet, particularly the support pets provide to senior “parents”.  Facilitated by Jaimi Johanson, SL County Animal Services.

Essential Oils for Life-Wed, Oct 15th @ 10:00/101.

Learn how essential oils can positively affect your health, assist with insomnia and depression and elevate energy.  Facilitated by Sue and Cliff, Information Retirement Group.

Put Pain in Its Place-Fri, Oct 17th @ 10:00am/101.

This class is for seniors suffering from Osteoarthritis. Learn how to ease joint pain and get moving. Facilitated by Nancy McGee, from the Arthritis Foundation.

Soap Making Class-Fri, Oct 17th @ 1pm/Café.

Make beautiful and aromatic soap.  A $10.00 donation requested for 8 bars of soap. Facilitated by Lisa Farmer.

Fall Buffet Party-Tues, Oct 21st @ 11:00am/café.

Join us for warm soup and sandwich and music from The New Fiddlers. Come have fun with friends and eat!

Letting Go of Stress and Clutter-Wed, Oct 22nd @ 10:00am/101B.

Are you holding on to items you never use, but can’t part with? Learn to de-clutter your environment, increase your well-being and reduce stress. Join Rhonda from the Vital Aging Project for this interactive workshop. A Mood and Memory Screenings will be offered prior to class - 9:15am.

Reverse Mortgage– What Is Is?-Fri, Oct 24th @ 10:00am/101.

Learn what a reverse mortgage can do for you! Great educational opportunity! Facilitated by Frank Prater from Citywide Home Loans.

Preventative Care Seminar- Mon, Oct 27th @ 10:30-12:00/101.

Find out how to prevent, delay or mitigate diabetes, cancer, heart disease and more! Facilitated by S.L. County Active Aging Health Promotions Program

Setting Healthy Boundaries– Tues, Oct 28th @ 10:00am/101A.

Learn the importance of setting and maintaining healthy boundaries to promote emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being.  Facilitated by Regina Campbell, College of Social Work, U of U.

Medicare Made Simple-Wed, Oct 29th @ 10:00am/101

Helping you understand simply, how Medicare works, so you can choose what is best for you. Facilitated by Sue B.

Adding Grace in Aging-Fri, Oct 31st @ 10:00am/107.

Learn to use your golden years for awakening and spiritual growth. Explore and develop opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace. Facilitated by Richard Nelson.